Largest and Smallest Slot Cars
Which are the largest and smallest slot cars? An obvious enough question. It would
be interesting to hear any claims to have the largest and smallest -
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A good claim to the title of the smallest slot car is a Moose nano charger car converted to run on HO track, I don’t have exact size, it’s about 25 mm long and 14mm wide, in fact the widest part is the pick up contacts that have protrude beyond the sides of the body to each the pick up rails (See link)
Mads Aggerholm has posted a video of his claim to the smallest model raceway, this shows model MINIs are about 22mm long. The scale is quoted as 1/160. The cars are not motorised, they run on a specially built 2 lane track which incorporates a chain under each slot. Each chains is driven by an electric motors Each cars has a pin attached to it, which goes up through the slot and attaches to the chain which pulls the cars round the track. This is not what is normally meant by a “slot car”. Motorising the track in this way avoids the challenge of providing the very small motor, running gear and pick ups that a miniature slot car would need.
The smallest scale slot cars in common use are HO. The H0 cars normally raced are somewhere around 1/64 scale, although some are built to 1/87 scale such as the Owner's Micro Slot Car Basic Set from Takara Tomy, with cars down to 47.2mm long, 18.4 wide.
The largest scale slot cars in common use are 1/24. Plenty of large static kits have been converted to slot cars, large American cars in 1/24 can be up to about 250mm long.
There are some 1/12 scale slot cars raced in the USA, here’s a video of an example. As 1/12 is a widely used scale for radio controlled racing, bodies, wheels, tyres etc. are easily available.
Some even larger ones:-
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Here’s an example of an even larger slot vehicle buit by Martin De’Ath that work on standard 1/32 track
Of course it all depends on what you mean by slot cars. Here’s an example of an
amusement park ride -